As I look at the news and all the posts on Facebook about the tornados on last night, I realize how precious and fleeting life is. The tornados that occurred in Dallas, Garland, Allen, and Desoto Texas on last night were devastating. People lost everything they owned and some even lost their lives. Any time mother nature decides to get upset things can get ugly. It reminded me once again to be grateful. We live in such a fast paced world that it becomes easy to take things for granted. We feel remorse whenever disaters happen to other people but it is never real until it happens to you. Being grateful allows us room to feel and serve even when things are not happening to us. I do not want to imagine what it would feel like to lose everything and right after such wonderful holidays. I hear a lot of people saying ‘those are just material things at least they have their lives’. Though this is true, no one wants to lose EVERYTHING; houses, mementos, memories, clothes, appliances, and etc. Yes these things are replaceable but it can be a long and tedious process that should not be undermined. Having to start over has to be a mental struggle within itself. We can not leave out the mental health of our neighbors as we begin to rebuild. As we walk into the New Year we should keep these people in prayer and if you can, find a non-profit and pitch in, every little bit helps. It is wonderful to keep people in prayers but action is also needed. The biggest lesson that I have learned in this time is that gratefulness is both a mindset and a lifestyle. We have to be eternally grateful because anything can be taken in a heartbeat.